Fury at Nicola Sturgeon for 'manufacturing grievances' as she demands MORE Covid money from Westminster - despite already having been handed £6.5BILLION extra - amid warning that Scotland's new FIVE Tier lockdown will see some businesses close permanently
Nicola Sturgeon unveiling her new five Tier lockdown system in Scotland at news conference this afternoon
She also held out an olive branch to hospitality businesses who blasted the harsh new lockdown measures
A 'circuit breaker' lockdown has already been in force north of the border for a fortnight
Bars and restaurants have been restricted from serving alcohol and shut altogether in much of the country
Nicola Sturgeon was accused of using 'manufactured grievances' over coronavirus in her fight for Scottish independence today after she claimed that Scotland could run out of money to prop up businesses without a massive cash injection from Westminster.
Scotland's First Minister lashed out at devolution rules that prevent her Government from borrowing money as she complained that she was forced to go cap-in-hand to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
She made the bitter remarks as she warned that some parts of Scotland - or the whole nation - could be plunged back into a severe lockdown with all but essential shops and schools closed under a new five-tier system.
But critics hit back at her suggestion that the coffers could be empty without more money from the Chancellor.
Scotland has already received £6.5billion from the UK Government in direct response to the coronavirus crisis, more than half of all the Covid-cash handed out to devolved administrations.
The Treasury is understood to have deliberately allocated the money upfront to avoid a cash squeeze.
Douglas Ross, the Scottish Tory leader, said: 'Scottish companies are fed up hearing about manufactured grievances. They don't want another pre-fab SNP fight with Rishi Sunak and the UK Government. They need funding, now.
'In the past few weeks, Rishi Sunak has made a further £700 million of support available. The funding is there to protect Scottish jobs and support businesses.
'So my message to the SNP is – stop squabbling and get on with it.'